25 September 2018

Greater China

  • The Vatican is facing questions over a deal with Beijing on the nomination of bishops, with critics saying the accord represents a sellout to the Communist authorities. Photo: Reuters

    Beijing-Vatican accord: A grim future for the Church in China

    - Sep 24, 2018 5:10pm
    Though not a churchgoer, I have over the years maintained a lively interest in religion, particularly Christianity, no doubt because of a Catholic education from kindergarten through university. I stopped going to church entirely a quarter...
  • Studies show AI-driven automatic trading could generate better returns than humans. Photo: Reuters

    Will AI replace fund managers?

    - Sep 21, 2018 4:55pm
    There has been chatter that Ping An Insurance (02318.HK), one of China’s leading insurance groups, is shutting down an asset management unit and switching to passive investment management using artificial intelligence (AI). “It will only leave three positions...
  • Zeng's mother (inset) cries after they were allegedly "brutally" evicted by Swedish police from a hostel in Stockholm, prompting the Chinese embassy in Sweden to condemn the incident. Photo: HKEJ/Internet

    Tourist spat turns into diplomatic row between China and Sweden

    - Sep 21, 2018 11:11am
    Recently, a minor argument over check-in time between a visiting Chinese family and the staff of a hostel in Stockholm has escalated into a diplomatic spat between China and Sweden. According to a mainland newspaper, a...
  • Su Chii-cherng, Taiwan's representative in Osaka, committed suicide after his office was accused of not assisting Taiwanese tourists stranded at the Kansai International Airport in the wake of Typhoon Jebi. Photo: Wikipedia/

    How fake news led to suicide of Taiwan representative in Osaka

    - Sep 19, 2018 9:43am
    Su Chii-cherng, Taiwan’s representative in Osaka, committed suicide on Sept. 14. He left behind a letter saying he was deeply pained by a flood of criticism accusing his office of not assisting Taiwanese tourists stranded at the Kansai...
  • In May, some 200 unpaid public school teachers in the city of Liuan in Anhui province took to the streets to demand payment of their wage arrears, and local police responded with excessive force to quell their protest. Photo: CNSA/Internet

    Why teaching is one of the most unwanted jobs in China

    - Sep 18, 2018 2:53pm
    Back in 1985, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee passed a resolution declaring Sept. 10 of every year as Teachers’ Day across China. Coincidentally, it was on Teachers’ Day this year that Alibaba Group chairman Jack...
  • CCTV's First Lesson program has come under fire from parents who found the program replete with commercialism and done in bad taste. Photo: CCTV

    How a TV program for students turned into a PR disaster

    - Sep 13, 2018 1:49pm
    Every year since 2008, on the evening of Sept. 1, tens of millions of mainland primary and secondary school students, along with their parents, have to sit tight and watch the TV program First Lesson. The...
  • A video grab of the square in Hengyang city where a man drove his car into the crowd and attacked people with a knife and spade on Wednesday. Photo: Internet

    11 killed in Hunan as driver rams car into crowded square

    Sep 13, 2018 12:18pm
    Eleven people were killed and 44 injured after a car plowed into a crowded square in southern China’s Hunan province and the driver attacked people with a knife and spade seeking “revenge” on society for previous...
  • Funeral services providers in China have received a big jolt as authorities proposed new rules in relation to burial sites and related arrangements. Photo: China News

    Meddling in people’s lives with excessive policy directives

    - Sep 12, 2018 9:03am
    Chinese authorities have outlined fresh curbs in relation to burial sites, proposing rules on aspects such as limiting the grave area, the height of tombstones, the use period, price, etc. The surprise move sent shares of...
  • File photo of Chinese paramilitary police patrolling a street in Urumqi, the capital of China's Muslim Uighur homeland of Xinjiang. Photo: AFP

    US weighs sanctions amid concern over China’s Muslim crackdown

    Sep 12, 2018 8:57am
    The US State Department expressed deep concern over China’s “worsening crackdown” on minority Muslims in the Xinjiang region, as the Trump administration considered sanctions against Chinese senior officials and companies linked to allegations of human rights...
  • State-media has hinted in recent weeks that China may be preparing to end its decades-long policy of determining the number of children that couples can have. Photo: Reuters

    China does away with family planning offices

    Sep 11, 2018 1:06pm
    China’s health commission is getting rid of three offices that were previously dedicated to family planning, the latest signal that Beijing may further reduce restrictions on childbirth to combat an aging population, Reuters reports. State-media has...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping joins African leaders in a photo session at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing on September 3. Photo: Reuters

    China deepens African ties with US$60 billion financing offer

    - Sep 11, 2018 8:30am
    Last week, China played host to 53 African countries and unveiled its latest triennial aid plan for the continent: US$60 billion, the same as in 2015, but with some differences. President Xi Jinping, in his keynote...
  • Jin Mingri, the head pastor of Zion Church in Beijing, said for many worshippers and pastors, accepting the oversight and ultimate authority of the Communist Party would be a betrayal of their faith.  Photo: Reuters

    China outlaws large underground Protestant church in Beijing

    Sep 10, 2018 1:11pm
    Beijing city authorities have banned one of the largest unofficial Protestant churches in the city and confiscated “illegal promotional materials”, amid a deepening crackdown on China’s “underground” churches, Reuters reports. The Zion church had for years...
  • The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong has been leaderless for some time as the Hong Kong government is yet to issue a work visa for a newly-appointed official. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why is HK delaying work visa for Taiwan agency official?

    - Sep 7, 2018 1:11pm
    In June this year, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council announced that it was going to appoint Lu Chang-shui as the new head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong (TECOHK). However, Lu, who was...
  • Chinese leader Xi Jinping is not only playing down the role of Deng Xiaoping, he is raising the profile of his father Xi Zhongxun, who died in 2002. Photo: Reuters

    China: Deng Xiaoping era ends with start of Xi era

    - Sep 6, 2018 8:31am
    The era of Deng Xiaoping, who brought China the reform and opening-up policy in 1978, is over. This is now the era of Xi Jinping. This year, 2018, marks the 40th anniversary of the reform movement,...
  • Chinese authorities are believed to have frozen approvals of new video game licenses as they seek to curb online game addiction among the youth. Photo: Reuters

    Tighter rules to spur consolidation in China online game market

    - Sep 5, 2018 2:34pm
    China is stepping up efforts to rein in the online gaming industry as concerns grow over video-game addiction among the youth and the potential consequences on children’s health. With industry development outpacing the government rules, authorities...
  • Shi Xuecheng (inset, left) was transferred by Chinese authorities to Fujian province to allow him to ‘reflect on his mistakes’. Another Buddhist monk Shi Yongxin (inset) has seen his past misconduct being brought up again recently. Photos: CNSA

    Beijing can’t escape blame for Buddhist monk scandals

    - Sep 4, 2018 12:55pm
    China’s Buddhist sector has been engulfed by scandals lately. The National Religious Affairs Administration (NRAA) confirmed recently that Shi Xuecheng, a former chairman of the Buddhist Association of China and a member of the national committee...
  • A file picture of founder and CEO Richard Liu. The e-commerce entrepreneur has returned to China following a brief arrest in the US over sexual misconduct claims. Photo: Reuters chief returns to China after US arrest

    Sep 4, 2018 9:15am
    Richard Liu, the founder and CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant, has returned to China, days after he was arrested by police in the US city of Minneapolis on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct and later...
  • With the Greater Bay Area plan expected to lead to more inflow of capital and talents into Shenzhen, the city is likely to witness a further spurt in property prices. Photo: Reuters

    Shenzhen home prices seen catching up with those in HK

    - Sep 3, 2018 10:44am
    Hongkongers have been hearing a lot about the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area plan, yet have only a vague idea about the whole thing. Given that details have been sparse, most people are for now focusing just...
  • Workers in protective suits are seen by a truck at a plant of a pork processor in Zhengzhou, Henan province last month following a discovery that some pigs were hit by African swine fever. Photo: CNS via Reuters

    China confirms sixth African swine fever outbreak

    Sep 3, 2018 9:34am
    Chinese authorities said on Sunday that 134 hogs had died from African swine fever in Xuancheng city in the eastern Anhui province, bringing the total number of outbreaks in China over the past month to six,...
  • China's commitment to economic reforms will not change, President Xi Jinping said on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Xi reiterates reform commitment despite US trade war

    Sep 3, 2018 8:40am
    China will continue to pursue reforms and will aim to work with all parties to build an open world economy, President Xi Jinping said on Sunday, amid a bitter trade war with Washington. Meeting UN Secretary-General...

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